Sunday, November 1, 2015

5 Songs to Get You Through the Week #50

5 Songs to Get You Through the Week is a feature I run on Young Ears, Fresh Perspective on Sundays/early hours of Monday morning where I pick out 5 tunes that I think are notable and tell you a bit about them. The point is to give you some rocking music to help you deal with your weekday blues. You can either listen to one each day, listen to them all at once, or any other combination that you feel. As long as you can get through the week without the man getting you down, that's all I care about. Without further ado, here are the 5 tracks I've picked out for this week:

1. One Step Out of Time, by ELO

Master song writer and producer Jeff Lynne is releasing his first album under the ELO moniker since the early 2000's, which will be titled Alone in the Universe. One Step Out of Time has that warm sense of melody that many of the band's 70's songs had, but with almost a modern disco-like feel layered over it to bring it a bit more up to date. This will definitely have you feeling like you're floating in a soothing sea of sound.

2.  Substitute, by The Who

The Who are that band that every teenager going through tough changes needs. When love is starting to take a sour turn and bite you for the first time you have no idea where to turn. Fortunately these Brits have you covered with some of the most relateable tunes out there even to this day. Substitute is one of the best ones about dealing with someone who is just using you to cover up their own pain over another lover.

3. Blackbird, by The Beatles

This in my opinion is one of Sir Paul McCartney's finest musical moments. It's just him and an acoustic guitar making simple yet profound song. Those of you who feel broken inside can certainly vibe with the message of Blackbird. It's one of hope and perseverance. You might be completely down and out, but if you can take your broken wings and learn to fly you will one day be soaring among the clouds again.

4. Strange Brew, by Cream

Cream put out a whole slew of psychedelic songs back in their day, one of the most notable being Strange Brew from the Disraeli Gears album. With the high falsetto vocals and dirty fuzz guitar laying down some bluesy licks from Eric Clapton you have one interesting trip in store for you. It might not necessarily be your choice brew at first, but once you give it a few listens you'll find it creeping into your subconscious until it becomes one of your favorite songs of all time.

5. Thank You, by Led Zeppelin

It's funny how many people consider Led Zeppelin to be a heavy metal band when at least 1/3 of their catalog is acoustic songs. One of their best ones in my opinion is an under rated tune from Led Zeppelin II titled Thank You. It is a delightful love song with some fantastic playing from guitarist Jimmy Page and passionate vocals from Robert Plant. If this doesn't let your girl know how much you love her, I don't know what will.

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